Student Issues

What is the purpose of Student Leadership?

November 2, 2015    
Ben Read    
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I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m a Youth Pastor today solely because of my experience on a Student Leadership Team, but I also that experience shaped me and prepared me for the in’s and out’s of the day to day ministry better than almost all of my classes for Youth Ministry. I was super fortunate to be part of a large Youth Ministry in California for my High School years…    read more 

Why The YouthMin Facebook Group is AWESOME!

YouthMin Facebook group is awesome

Every day, my phone and laptop are inundated with notifications from Facebook.  Before you think “Wow, he must be a really popular guy,” let me clarify.  I have the privilege of being one of the group administrators for the YouthMin.org Facebook group, a gaggle of 4685 youth ministers and leaders (currently) from all over the world seeking advice, resources, and encouragement online.  For the past two years, I have seen countless reasons why…    read more 

23 Articles You Should Read About Pornography (Plus Some Resources)

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Let us be honest. Porn is killing us as a society. Porn alienates us from others. Porn ruins marriages. Porn also funds the modern day slave trade in the sex industry. It is the cancer that is running rampant in our world and in our churches and no one is talking about it. You don’t even have to be a Christian to see that porn is crippling us. So we need to do something about…    read more 

48 Books, Links, & Sermons on Biblical Womanhood

Biblical-Womanhood

I made a series called Image Bearers that talks about Biblical Womanhood. Here are a ton of resources that I made available for my students to go deeper on the issue. Here are 48 resources I found (with the help of my wife) to be helpful on the subject of Biblical Womanhood. 3 Ways to Actually Guard Your Heart – Relevant Magazine 7 Truths When You Are Rejected – Lies Young Women Believe A Single…    read more 

31 Books, Links, & Sermons on Biblical Manhood

biblical-manhood

I made a series called Image Bearers that talks about Biblical Manhood. Here are a ton of resources that I made available for my students to go deeper on the issue. Here are 31 resources I found to be helpful on the subject of Biblical Manhood. 10 Myths about Lust | CBMW 33 The Series | Authentic Manhood A Guide to Biblical Manhood |Randy Stinson Act Like Men: 40 Days to Biblical Manhood | James MacDonald…    read more 

Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

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Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning there is plenty of potential. But this group of students is just one of a few groups…    read more 

Using Bulletins in Youth Ministry

Do you use bulletins in Youth Ministry? It seems like whenever the idea of bulletins gets brought up, a majority of Youth Pastors have negative experiences to share. For quite a long time, I was in that same boat. The truth is, Bulletins can often seem like a giant waste of time for youth group. It’s one of those things that you almost have to make flashy, in order to grab students…    read more 

Why I hate Christian movies

I grew up loving the Buttercream Gang, and it’s wildly successful follow up “The Buttercream gang and the Secret of Treasure Mountain.” Trying to google that second title brought back so many memories of all the classic christian movies of the late 80’s and early 90’s that were ever popular in my house as a kid. But although the quality of Christian film making has drastically improved since that era, I feel…    read more 

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